My 4-month-old daughter put a patch containing 10 % citronella oil and cellulose in her mouth and instantly vomited. Could it be anything serious?

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Dr. Arul Amuthan L
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This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 16, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am currently on holiday out of the country with my 4-month-old daughter. I put a buzzpatch sticker on her (made by the natural patch company, which is a natural plant-based repellent and contains 10 % citronella oil and cellulose). She put the patch in her mouth and instantly vomited. This was two hours ago, and since then, she has been fine, but I want to be sure. I am very reluctant to take her to a hospital here unless really required.



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I understand your concern.

It is nothing to worry about. The citronella oil can be consumed orally, it will increase digestion and increase intestinal movement. Cellulose usually does not get digested by the human gut, so it will go out in the stool. So, nothing to worry about these two chemicals. The only thing the sticker, paper, or plastic contents should not be choked in the throat. If it enters into the stomach, no issues. It will come out tomorrow. Since vomiting happened, I hope the content must have come out. If the baby is not having breathing issues or suffocation, then there is no issue.

Hope this helps.

Thank you.

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